Gift Giving Made Easy

The season of giving is upon us, so  I know you are wondering who you can turn to when looking for the perfect gift for your little scientists, right?   Steve Spangler Science, of course!  And who better to answer all of your questions about what kits will work best for your budding professor, than your friendly Customer Service Team? Um.. no [...]

How to Study Density with Popcorn

by Christy McGuire, Contributor Thanksgiving is almost here! You can use one of the original foods from the first Thanksgiving to discuss density with your students. Popcorn is fascinating because it changes so drastically during the cooking process. The color, shape and texture of a popped kernel are all different than those of an unpopped kernel. If you can spare the day [...]

An Amazing Encounter!

In the course of an ordinary day, it's amazing how many cool people we encounter!  Just last week, I was in Best Buy trading my old cell phone in for a newer model and the guy helping me looked at my Steve Spangler Science shirt and said, "I love that website, and I have a YouTube channel showing people how to [...]

How to Use Popcorn to Teach Rates

by Christy McGuire, Contributor This time of year, students’ minds are starting to drift to the upcoming Thanksgiving Holidays. Why not use popcorn to channel a little of that excitement into your classroom? Use popcorn to teach graphing, rate, and slope. Let your students eat your props, and you will quickly be one of the coolest teachers to ever discuss rates.Here is [...]

We Can Only Scream If We Have A Voice

Let's talk about voice.  Let's talk about connections.  Let's talk about screaming. I wear a lot of hats in the course of my days. This past week, I've been wearing this one: The lesson last Halloween week in my writing labs was "Nobody will hear you unless you have a voice, and you'll only have a voice if you've got something to say." This ties to my [...]

How to Combine Thanksgiving and Science in your Elementary Classroom

How to Study Seeds with Popcorn by Christy McGuire, Contributor Students’ minds are turning to the holidays. You can harness some of that excitement by including some holiday-themed activities in your classroom. There are many great learning activities that follow holiday themes. Here are two activities that combine Thanksgiving and science. We love studying (eating!) popcorn seeds year round at our house. Here are two [...]

Until Next Year, Polymer Body Parts

Halloween is over and it's time to put away the polymer body parts, but first, let's compare what they look like at the end of October with what they looked like at the beginning of October. Watching a polymer grow is always fun;  with some polymers, the transformation is instant, and with others, the change takes a little more time, but never very [...]

Dismembered Body Parts: Day 31

Check out our dismembered body parts now!  Skipped a few days, do you think?  I got busy playing with other polymers with my students - pictures to follow. When last we left our dismembered body parts, the hypothesis was that the polymer hand, foot, brain, nose, ear, and hungry alligator would eventually grow so large that they would push off the lid [...]

Dismembered Body Parts: Day 9

I've missed a few days since Day One, but the point remains that our hydrogel polymer dismembered body parts just keep on growing.  Kind of as if they were real. . . . Remember how tiny each of these dismembered pieces used to be? Two inches, and all of them together not covering the bottom of the big jar, and now? Pretty [...]

Jefferson County School District – The Teacher Salary Debate

Our office is located outside of Denver, Colorado. The Jefferson County School District is in our backyard. Teacher sickouts and student protests recently made national news when one of the school board members proposed creating an advisory counsel to review curriculum in AP History classes. Those protests and frustration aimed at the majority board members is only a small part of tensions [...]